Desmond lifts Nationals to 7-2 win over Rockies

By: AP Sports Email
By: AP Sports Email

DENVER (AP) - Ian Desmond tied a career high with five hits, including a two-run homer, and Doug Fister threw effectively into the sixth to help the Washington Nationals beat the sinking Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Monday night.

The 6-foot-8 Fister (9-2) - all "elbows and knees" as Charlie Blackmon described him - allowed nine hits before being pulled with two outs in the sixth after running into trouble.

Desmond had four singles - including one off the arm of reliever LaTroy Hawkins in the ninth - to go with his 17th homer of the season.

Franklin Morales (5-5) surrendered four runs - three earned - in six innings.

Ben Paulsen had two hits and drove in a run in his major league debut for the Rockies, who've lost six straight.

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